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Tbilisi set to bring OSCE back

2010-02-23 19:05

5402.jpegRecently David Bakradze, Speaker of Georgian parliament expressed hope that Kazakhstan's OSCE chairmanship will be a success and the organization's mission will return to Georgia. As we know, numerous attempts to prolong the mandate of monitors made at the OSCE Permanent Council sessions were of no effect forcing the OSCE monitors to leave South Caucasus in the end. Does Georgia's proposal have a future?


There have been no OSCE monitors in Georgia and South Ossetia for quite a long time - since January 1 2009 when the mission began winding-up procedures leading to Caucasus activities halt on June 30 upon expiration of the mandate. Greece, then the OSCE chairing country, suggested technical extension regardless Russia's recognition of Abkhazia's and South Ossetia's independence. Moscow insisted that the new geopolitical situation in South Caucasus in the aftermath of the assault of Georgian troops on Tskhinval be reckoned with.

Moreover, the Russian side repeatedly came forward with initiatives to set up two independent missions in Georgia and South Ossetia, but the OSCE refused to do that taking deployment of a full-fledged office in the capital of South Ossetia as an indirect recognition of the republic. That was how the 17-year history of monitoring activity in the Georgian-South Ossetian conflict zone came to end.

In August it was the organization's chairperson - Dora Bakoyannis - that pressed for continuation of monitoring activities in Georgia. However the option was no good to the South Ossetian side that claimed OSCE as unable to maintain neutrality with the only office in Georgia. Aware of new plans Tskhinval offered a hard reaction: Boris Chichoev, RSO president's plenipotentiary representative for post-conflict settlement warned the OSCE that in case the initiative was implemented Geneva talks on the situation in Caucasus and discussions on border incident prevention and response mechanisms will be greatly jeopardized.

A relative stillness set in when in October the OSCE presence in Caucasus issue was brought up again. The fact that the organization would do its best to return to Georgia was what Georgios Papandreou, Greek Prime Minister, stated. "We still have frozen conflicts and we simply can't leave them unnoticed", - he remarked. - The August events have only made this position stronger. People have fully experienced the aftermath of this conflict. In reality this is stability and tranquility we need".

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